Mushrooms have been used extensively, owing to their nutritional and medicinal value, for thousands of years.
Modern research confirms the therapeutic effect of traditionally used species. Inflammation is a natural response
of the immune system to damaging factors, e.g. physical, chemical and pathogenic. Deficiencies of antioxidants,
vitamins, and microelements, as well as physiological processes, such as aging, can affect the body’s ability to
resolve inflammation. Mushrooms are rich in anti-inflammatory components, such as polysaccharides, phenolic
and indolic compounds, mycosteroids, fatty acids, carotenoids, vitamins, and biometals. Metabolites from
mushrooms of the Basidiomycota taxon possess antioxidant, anticancer, and most significantly, anti-inflammatory
properties. Recent reports indicate that edible mushroom extracts exhibit favourable therapeutic and health-promoting
benefits, particularly in relation to diseases associated with inflammation. In all certainty, edible mushrooms
can be referred to as a “superfood” and are recommended as a valuable constituent of the daily diet.